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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Top 10 for Cochran-Siegle in Val Gardena Super-G

By Courtney Harkins
December, 18 2020
Ryan Cochran-Siegle Val Gardena
Ryan Cochran-Siegle skis to eighth place in Val Gardena, Italy. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the way for the U.S. men in Val Gardena, Italy, finishing in eighth place—his first top 10 in a FIS World Cup super-G.

Val Gardena’s striking beauty didn’t distract last season’s overall World Cup champion Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway, who took the win ahead of 2019-20 super-G globe winner Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland. Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was also on the podium in third—his sixth super-G podium in Val Gardena in the last seven seasons.

Ryan skied a clean and fast line on Val Gardena’s dark Saslong track to take his first top-10 result in the discipline. He had threatened a number of times last season, snagging three top 20s in the Beaver Creek, Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Hinterstoder super-Gs before the season ended early, and was excited to finally crack the elusive result bracket.

“My main focus was just to carry speed as much as I could—trusting that, not trying to be perfect and letting it go, letting it flow,” said Ryan. “I think I executed in places pretty well. Obviously still a good amount of time off the top Norwegian, so there’s still a lot to learn, but I had fun with it and trusted it and really enjoyed it. I think between my set up and approach to the whole day, it was a good day.”

Behind Ryan, Jared Goldberg attacked from bib 57 to take home 23rd place—his best super-G result since 2018. Keep an eye out for him in Saturday’s downhill. He won the first training run and was fourth in the second and he wants that result.

Travis Ganong, who was fourth in last week’s Val d’Isere super-G, also finished in the points, taking 25th place. Bryce Bennett was 33rd.

Sam DuPratt was also scheduled to race in Val Gardena, however, he crashed and sustained bilateral lower extremity injuries in the second of two downhill training runs. He has been treated locally and will return to the U.S. for further care. He is amazing everyone with his resilience.

Also missed in Val Gardena is Steven Nyman, who holds the title “King of the Saslong,” as he’s won three times (all three of his World Cup victories) on the track and has four top 10s. Steven is currently recovering from an injury home in Park City, but provided his teammates advice for the weekend’s races.

Next up, the men race downhill on Saturday in Val Gardena.

RESULTS
Men’s super-G

HOW TO WATCH
All Times EST

Saturday, Dec. 19
5:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - LIVE, Val Gardena, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
5:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - LIVE, Val Gardena, ITA, Streaming Peacock
10:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Downhill - Same Day Broadcast, Val Gardena, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Sunday, Dec. 20
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Alta Badia, ITA, Streaming Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Alta Badia, ITA, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Giant Slalom - LIVE, Alta Badia, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
11:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Giant Slalom - Same Day Broadcast, Alta Badia, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Monday, Dec. 21
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Alta Badia, ITA, Streaming Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Alta Badia, ITA, Streaming Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom - LIVE, Alta Badia, ITA, Broadcast NBCSN

Tuesday, Dec. 22
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom - LIVE, Madonna di Campiglio, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel